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Speculation on a New Track Assist

Delivered by pack mule to the ArcticInsider van down by the river, an interesting news item from Ultimate Sports Inc., about a new track assist unit for snowmobiles:

Press Release —

LAFAYETTE, Ind., Sep 22, 2009 — Ultimate Sports, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier to the recreational vehicle industry, announced today that the firm has been testing and perfecting a new track assist unit for three years now and has finally reached its goal.

The USI track assist system will fit all popular late model snowmobiles produced by Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski Doo and Yamaha. Scheduled shipping of this new system is expected to begin in the spring of 2010. Sales of this new system will be through USI’s existing distributors, in excess of 1,000 companies, both domestically and internationally. Existing OEMs who currently purchase USI’s product line, including Arctic Cat, , will be given an exclusive opportunity for pre-launch inspection.

Kevin Metheny, President of Ultimate Sports, states, “The all new USI snowmobile track assist system will revolutionize the snowmobile industry in track flotation, corner control and overall grip in all snow conditions. Flotation take off will be increased by 15% to 35%; corner control by 10% to 25%. Overall grip increase will be between 20% and 40%, depending upon the snowmobile and application it is used on.

“Due to patent application restrictions, we are unable to provide any additional information at this time, other than the fact that snowmobilers of all classes will love this new track system.”

Anyone care to speculate what this product actually is?

Do any of the following images seem plausible?

Summer snowmobile flotation?

This looks like improved flotation. Not sure if this would be a great race sled?

Jet propulsion snowmobile track assist?

No pesky tracks to get caught in the snow.

In all seriousness, I’m curious.



  1. The press release suggests that it will retrofit on all late model sleds, which further suggests to me that “it” isn’t something that attaches to the rear suspension, or that replaces R. suspension components. Plus the claims about increased flotation and grip, lead me to believe that “it” attaches to the track. A paddle of sorts. So yes, Regis, that’s my final answer.


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